A Guide to Exploring Savusavu, Fiji

On the south coast of Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, is an inviting town called Savusavu. If you’re searching for where to go in Fiji, Savusavu should top your list. Known as “Fiji’s best-kept secret”, Savusavu is home to a protected bay, incredible scuba diving, culture, art, and dolphin watching, as well as endless other activities. Of course, you don’t necessarily need activities to enjoy Savusavu. The beauty and charm of this beautiful town will keep you more than entertained all on its own. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, adventure and relaxation await you in Savusavu, a beautiful tropical hideaway.

In our guide to Savusavu island town below, we’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions about this enchanting vacation destination. Follow along to find out everything you need to know about this slice of paradise in Fiji.  

Is Savusavu worth visiting?

Yes, absolutely! If you’re traveling to the islands, Savusavu, Fiji, most certainly belongs on your itinerary. This sun-soaked island town has a little something for everyone, as it features stunning scenery, delicious traditional cuisine, island excursions, cultural traditions, and so much more. From learning about the island’s fascinating history to snorkeling around the reefs, there are countless reasons why this island is worth visiting on your next vacation. 

What is Savusavu known for?

At one time, Savusavu Bay was a large volcano, and the private bay is now the only entry point for yachts on the island of Vanua Levu. While Savusavu is now Vanua Levu’s main tourist attraction, it was, in the past, a colonial outpost and haven for sailors from around the world. The center of town still has this amiable old-timey sailor’s charm, but you don’t have to go far for a luxurious experience.

Today, Savusavu is best known for its diverse landscape that gives way to countless activities and adventures. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, you’re certain to find something appealing on Fiji’s Savusavu.

For instance, nature lovers can dive or snorkel among the beautiful reefs at Namena Marine Reserve or Split Rock, where you may even see local sharks. You can also walk through the rainforest, watch dolphins frolicking in Natewa Bay, or visit any of the stunning waterfalls on the island. 

For those looking to relax and unwind, the volcanic hot springs along the shore of Savusavu are unforgettable and offer warm, therapeutic waters right on the ocean shore. There is also a 9-hole golf course, hand line fishing, and freshwater swimming pools to enjoy. 

Interested in treasure hunting? A trip to the J. Hunter Pearl Farm allows you to see how pearls are created. You can see the oysters firsthand by snorkeling right in the waters of the pearl farm. Of course, you can purchase pearls and pearl jewelry right in the showroom as well. 

And finally, consider visiting the Savarekareka Mission, one of the oldest structures in the area. Located just seven miles north of Savusavu town and still operational, Savarekareka Mission was built around 1870 and was the first Catholic mission in Vanua Levu. 

Whether you explore by land or by sea, the history and stories of Savusavu and its people will keep you enchanted throughout your travels.

What is one must-do while in Savusavu?

With so many amazing things to see and do in Savusavu, Fiji, it’s difficult to choose just one must-do activity! That said, exploring Savusavu town is one special way to get a lay of the land, immerse yourself in the culture, and get to know the locals. 

Head into town for some local fruit, or pop into one of the unique shops scattered along the streets. While you’re here, step into one of the bars or restaurants along the main road to sample some local cuisine, where you’re likely to meet a diverse range of Fijians and travelers from around the world. Savusavu town is an eclectic mix of worldly wanderers and enchanting locals, all of whom will welcome you into their ranks. 

You may even be offered the national drink—yaqona, or kava—as a sign of welcome and respect. This mildly narcotic drink may not be a flavor you’re used to, but you’ll experience a sense of relaxation that may lead you to understand exactly why people return to Fiji—and Savusavu, in particular—again and again.

Do I need a visa to visit Savusavu?

No, if you’re only visiting for a few days, weeks, or months, then you won’t need to apply for a visa. For visitors from most countries, a four-month visa is automatically granted once you arrive here, so as long as you’ve brought a passport valid for at least six months beyond your arrival, you won’t be required to leave any time soon. Savusavu also has a reputation for drawing visitors in and keeping them for some time, so you’ll quickly recognize why some folks stick around as long as possible.

How do you get to Savusavu, Fiji?

Regardless of whether you’re traveling from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, or another part of the world, you’ll fly into Nadi International Airport (NAN), located on the western side of the main island, Viti Levu. This is the international hub that will then transfer you to Savusavu Airport (SVU) on the island of Vanua Levu, where you will find the town of Savusavu. The flight between NAN and SVU is just under one-hour long, meaning you’ll be touching ground in paradise before you know it!

Once you arrive in Vanua Levu, Namale Resort and Spa is just a 10-minute drive away. When you reserve a stay with us, we offer a complimentary shuttle service between the airport and our resort. 

Are there hotels in Savusavu, Fiji Islands?

Yes, there are several Savusavu, Fiji resorts and accommodations on the island, providing you with all kinds of places to stay.

For guests looking for an incomparable experience, a stay at Namale Resort and Spa on Fiji’s Vanua Levu island is hard to beat. Nestled within the rainforest and directly on a private beach; this luxury resort has it all. At Namale Resort and Spa, you can stay in our private bures or villas, where you will indulge in the finest amenities, such as plunge pools, private decks, or even outdoor showers. Guests can relax and enjoy their privacy and unfettered access to all the beauty and pursuits Savusavu has to offer. If ever there was a way to experience Fiji, this is it.

There are few places in the world quite as beautiful and captivating as Savusavu town. Though it is small and somewhat tucked away, here you will experience a new world of tropical bliss. Ready to experience all the magic for yourself? Then plan your Fijian vacation today! 

Give yourself the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Savusavu when you book with us at Namale Resort and Spa, and you’ll see why people rave about this paradise. While reserving your stay, be sure to look into our special vacation packages to bring your getaway to the next level. Whether you’re traveling for a special occasion or simply because we’ll ensure your vacation in Fiji is second to none.

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